A few weeks ago, on a Monday evening, we all gathered on the main floor to decorate what I call our formal Christmas tree. Greg calls it the boring one.
It’s formal because it is ALL red and silver. It’s how I like it so it’s how it stays ;)
I have evolved from just red and silver balls to some really cool ones that I get during boxing day sales at Crate and Barrel as well as Pier 1. They are outrageously expensive before hand but get marked down to my liking!!
Perhaps I will do a post on some of them but for now here are some photos of our kick off to Christmas!!
Finley showing off her new Christmas Pajama’s. They are Elmo + Cookie Monster playing in the snow. They were a HUGE hit!
Greg and Finley getting ready to hang some ornaments on
Penelope starting what will become an annoyingly bad habit – undecorating our tree!!
A rare photo of me. I had to rearrange some alot of the Christmas ornaments as Finley liked to decorate in one area.
Love this one of Pia
Watching from afar
Both helping out
Thank goodness for shatterproof balls!
And for the grand finale: Our 2011 Formal Christmas Tree!!!
The day after we decorated our main floor Christmas tree, we headed upstairs to do the “fun” tree in the bonus room. This Christmas tree contains all of our homemade, gimmick and childhood christmas ornaments.
Finley hanging her new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ornament
Greg hanging his ornaments he made as a child
Finley looking over her pile of ornaments
This is her Elmo from last year
She also got Abby last year
Penelope loves Sesame Street and was in love with the ornaments. They got moved up the tree pretty fast. Finley was not impressed.
Her 2011 Ornament – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Her second ornament – Jessie (Disney store had a deal, it was basically 2 for 1)
Penelope only had 2 ornaments to put on the tree this year. Here is one of them.
Putting decorations on
Penelope’s new ornament for 2011. She picked Elmo over Mickey but I think I will buy the Mickey one on boxing day if it is at Canadian Tire.
Not very happy that she can’t play with new Elmo ornament.
Yesterday the South Calgary Mom’s Group hosted the 2nd annual Kids Christmas Party at the Shawnessy Barn. It was held on the weekend this time around so that daddy’s could attend and I must admit it was nice having an extra pair of hands around!
Here is Finley with her two BFF’s Saydee (in red) and Cailey. Saydee is going to have a little sister arrive at the end of February so she has been practicing with her baby doll and on Penelope. She is going to make a great big sister and I am sure Finley and Cailey are teaching her the ropes….hahaha
Almost every kid in the room cried + screamed like they were being murdered – no exaggeration. Finley looks terrified below but she has never ever been afraid of Santa or the Easter bunny so I think it was just a general reaction along with the other kids. Finley usually cries when she has to leave!
We decided to distract the girls and took them over to the craft and gingerbread table. We didn’t want Finley to see all the kids crying while sitting on Santa’s lap because we knew that would scare her off. THey had fun doing their crafts!
Here is Finley’s stocking that she made with Daddy’s help
Here is Penelope’s – it’s pretty weak but there limited supplies of stickers left for hers
Greg helping Finley and Cailey build a gingerbread house
Saydee showing off the gingerbread house she made with her daddy
Finley eagerly waiting for Santa
Penelope waiting for Santa
This was the best photo Greg got with Santa and the girls. There was also a professional photographer there taking the photos so hopefully he got some better ones but I am also positive neither cracked a smile but I think they were one of the more well behaved kids!!
Finley playing the her gift from Santa. There were 4 of these given out yesterday and it was super popular – kids were lining up to try it out
Penelope was not a happy camper!! She has 2 top teeth coming in, this party was during her nap time and she hated her shoes and dress. She cheered up once the clothes were off! Santa brought her another shopping cart. Apparently he didn’t get the memo that she got this one for her birthday. We took it back this morning to Walmart and tomorrow we are going to get her a new present. We will post it after she gets it!
Cailey and Kirsten opening their presents. They DON’t like Santa. Actually that is an understatement – they hated Santa and they preferred not to get presents or cupcakes if it meant not seeing him. I can’t wait to see their photo :)
Penelope had a new outfit on since we were headed out to Uncle Brad’s Birthday Dinner and was all smiles on the rocker.
It was a great time and really nice to have the dad’s around!! Thanks again for all your hardwork Michelle!!
Here are some photos of the kids trick or treating!
Waiting to go out. Finley’s reaction is due to the singing ghost who sings ghost busters. Sometimes it scares her, sometimes it doesn’t.
Checking out the candy we would be giving out to the trick or treaters.
Getting very impatient…
One quick last photo before we went out
First stop was our neighbor’s house. Finley was so excited!
Checking out the candy
Buzz Lightyear lived here.
Although this is the 3 Halloween that Finley has gone house to house trick or treating, this is the first time she actually knew what was going on.
This was Penelope’s second year going door to door and she was not impressed. She hated being held and was cold because she refused to keep her mitts on. We headed home soon after this while Greg and Finley kept on going.
Penelope waiting for trick or treaters to come. She even had candy in her hand to give.
Going through the candy
This was the least amount of kids we have ever gotten. Kids started around 6 and we never had another kid after 740pm. I remember going until 9pm on Halloween. Times have changed for sure. Also considering all I heard about play doh being the hot commodity this halloween, we only got 1 container of it!
Finley and Greg came home around 730 and Finley basically dropped her candy at the door, took her costume off and asked for a banana. She was sound asleep soon after.
This morning, I gave her a treat which was some fruit snacks and she said trick or treat mommy. thank you. Such a sweet heart!!